2. Juni 2018

Picasa to Google photo albums after March 2018

Quick way.
   Offline look at and optimize your photos with Picasa. In case you edit a picture, “save” it right back to disk with Picasa (right mouse menu in the picture). Note the picture names and or numbers on a piece of paper.
   Go online to your Google photos. Select Albums and create a new one (“+” album), adding any one picture as a dummy. Store the album. Open and name the album. (I add my e-mail as imprint.)
   With your new album in view click the share icon and ask Google for an internet link to the album, like https://photos.app.goo.gl/FX29jRkhfRP7Ch5WA. Copy the link. Open a fresh tab in your browser and use the copied link to verify*).
   Optionally have bit.ly give you a short link (I use the browser extension “Bitly | Unleash the power of the link”) like http://j.mp/2N9EZA5.
Adding multiple pictures to an album
Now add all the pictures and videos you’ve noted to the album, no matter how many (Menu ⋮, edit album, third item from top). Sort and possibly label the pictures after upload, remove the dummy picture. (Check if Google photo has forgotten one or more pictures, it likes to). Be sure to always “ok” the album by clicking the white check mark ✓in the top line blue ribbon at left.
   Enlarge or compact the album view by Ctrl+ or Ctrl-. Be sure to refresh the browser image of your album when you miss an added picture.
 Enjoy the view!

*) Use “private” browsing to check public avaulability. Ctl-shift-P in Firefox.

Local Picasa used to be able (until March 2018) to upload pictures to Google photo albums.
You marked your photos – if edited or not – within local Picasa and sent them to Google Photos (»Fotos« in German). Here’s a screenshot of (local) Picasa, bottom lines:

The marked pictures (note the green dot) at left. The large green button to upload to Google at right, now a dead ending
This does not work anymore. If you try you get a red warrning:
»Albumliste konnte nicht geladen werden« or “Failed to download album list”

Now here’s a (crappy) “solution”, shown on an album with three pictures.

If it’s just a few pictures: note them down on a piece of paper and go to point 2, directly to Google Photos. But don’t forget to store eventual Picasa editings, see below.
   For a more organized process with larger albums continue here.

1. You first assemble the pictures (that you want in a Google Photo Album) into a local Picasa album.
Hit the blue icon at the very bottom, »Ausgewählte Elemente zu einem [lokalen Picasa-] Album hinzufügen« or something like “add selected pictures to a [local Picasa] album”.
   You’ll get a popup like this:
Select new album (»Neues Album«). Never mind the name, it will not survive the upload later.

 In Picasa you will now see a new album like this (never mind my earlier trys):
Note that this album shows the floppy symbol (Diskettensymbol) in grey as inactive. This means that the pictures yo see in Picasa are the same as on your file; no “saving” them necessary. If the floppy symbol is active,
   don’t forget to save, i.e store Picasa’s changes to the selected pictures back onto the original files! Otherwise your edits will be lost to the world.
Here the “Store” symbol, the little floppy disc on top, asks you to save Picasa’s edits.
Stay in Picasa, mark this album, and at bottom right select to export the album (»Exportieren«)
At left: “Album selected – 3 photos”
When you “export” the “album” you can create a new folder on your computer with jus these prictures duplicated to there. This makes it much easier to select them for upload (pull) later:
You can select where the (still local) “album” to be should be stored on your PC, in my case it will end up in E:\Bilder\201805\Test, a subfile of my current picture folder. Another good choice is some temporary place, as this album will contain duplicates – Better leave picture size original at this point (my mistake here).
Better: Leave picture size (»Bildgröße«) original! Do not scale down pictures here; Google photos will do that later when actually uploading.
   Hit Export (Exportieren) at lower right, and watch Picasa copying your selected pictures to just this place on your disc. Check with your Windows Explorer, if you like.
   In Picasa the new folder will appear under “Exported Pictures” (»Exportiete Bilder«) , incidentally:

 
You are now ready to create the album in Google photos. »Juhu!«
2. Please switch to your https://photos.google.com/?hl=de or alike. In most cases your personal account will be opened and your own pictures will be shown. If not, log in.
First look at my Google Photos. Note the picture from science fiction. Gestern = Yesterday

Sidetrip: This is the moment you’d like to check, in what size Google uploads and stores your pictures. From the top left menu in Google Photos click ☰ (a trigram or Hamburger button), select Settings (see screenshot here at left: »Einstellungen«).
   Then – right screenshot – select “High Quality” (free unlimitesd storage) rather than “Original”.





In Google Photos you have the option of uploading selected pictures:
Erstellen = create, Hochladen = uplaod
Select the upload (white arrow in dark cloud or blue capital text).
   Windows Explorer will now let you easily mark all the pictures from your freshly made extra album,  in my case three pictures.
   After the upload Google photos will show you:
3 Elemente hochgeladen. Three elements uploaded.
You’ll have to select (blue capitals) either “Add to Album” (»Zu Album hinzufügen«) or “Shared Album” (»Geteiltes Album«). You select “Add to Album”!
Here’s your new album. It will then appear still as “Unnamed Album”, »Unbenannt«:
 – ready for naming, editing, changing the sequence of the pictures, setting individual captions (Bildunterschriften) etc.(You cannot set geo location, as far as I know, amd if it was part of the picture Google will remove it! Correct me, if I’m wrong.)

This rather unpractical “new” procedure (compared to Picasa uploading the pictures) has the advantage, that you now can upload videos along with your pictures. Picasa had lost this capability a while ago.
 
Note the white check mark ✓at left in the blue ribbon. Do check it when done editing the album.
Usually I share the album, share button (the middle one as shown at left) and ask for an Internet link (see at right).
   In this case I got
https://photos.app.goo.gl/7j4lhunP2WrgPoQ42

For convenience I add this link to the album title for easier sharing; I even add a shortened link … and my Name. And more, see there … Please spread around.

Thank you for reading. And thank all who tried to make Picasa usable for web album despite Google’s sabotage, like, especially “Rinus”.

Reference: https://sites.google.com/site/picasaresources/Home/Picasa-FAQ/google-photos-1/how-to/how-to-upload-photos#TOC-Upload-for-Picasa3-users

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An idea: Make a Film with the Album’s Pictures, in Picasa, and upload that.

A “film presentation” of your pictures creates one file with all your pictures. The viewer may stop the video to see a picture in still. Picasa offers a number of possibilities to produce such a show.
   You begin by selecting your album within Picasa and hitting the third icon, the one like a film. It offers »Fotocollage erstellen«, make a foto assembly, something like that.

You’ll get a lot of options. I exported, see below, the “full film” (»Ganzer Film«) and got a 1.8 MByte 16 second WMF-file (“Test.wmv”)  in a folder “Films” (or videos?) within the folder with the pictures – the current folder used  by Picasa.

This little film on your disc you can now store anywhere in the cloud:
with Youtube, https://youtu.be/tF-GDk4LZAI,
even with Google photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/ColeFfjFRbWjum6f2
Watch and see.

Finally an ad for Picasa’s shortcuts, from https://support.google.com/picasa/answer/66969?visit_id=1-636636377983915379-1768087397&rd=1:
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